Thursday, March 16, 2017

Art history humor...


I channeled my inner John Heartfield, and hijacked Domenico Ghirlandaio's famous painting, to come up with this bit of obscure political commentary...

Speaking of art history, here's an illustration I did for the in-house volunteer docent scheduling web page at the Detroit Institute of Arts. When in Detroit, be sure to visit the Detroit Industry murals by Diego Rivera. If you're really lucky, I'll be there to tell you all about them!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Some photos

Brodhead Armory, Detroit

All shot with my aging iPhone. I need to drag out the DSLR again soon, but it's not quite as handy.

Hamtramck Hopper

Burk's Igloo, Hamtramck

"Composition in Pink and Gray (The Starburst)," 2016

My brother-in-law down by the Detroit River, on an improvised chair made from
a burned shopping cart, two planks, and a piece of styrofoam. (Appropriate,
since he's known for making music with found objects — "junk funk."

Christmas tree lot, Eastern Market, Detroit

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Goodbye to all that


At least I can cap off a rough year with one last Metro Times gig, a cover and some spot art for the annual Dubious Achievement awards. If 2016 was a cake, I'd probably kick it, too. Happy New Year, all.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bringing Them to the Table

New cover illustration for Metro Times this week. Click here to get the whole story!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Somewhere in Time

...on page 58, actually, of the August 29, 2016 issue of Time magazine. That's where there's a small photo of the Little Library I painted, the one in front of the Hatch Art gallery! So that's a first.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Get the lead out

For the first time in quite a while, I supplied the cover art of the Metro Times this week. The illustration was for a story about the possible consequences for Michigan governor Rick Snyder in the wake of the scandal around Flint's lead-poisoned water supply. Snyder likely won't be "breaking rocks in the hot sun," as the song goes, any time soon, but — what the hell, dream big, right?


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fruits of my labor

For the last several months, I've been studying in the Detroit Institute of Art's interpretive volunteer program to learn how to conduct tours of the museum's collection (we're typically called docents). Today was graduation day, which of course necessitated some partying! For the post-luncheon cocktail party I made this fruit tray to stand in for the DIA's famous Van Gogh portrait, the first of his paintings to enter a U.S. museum collection.


The real thing is traveling (recently in Japan, as seen in this photo of a billboard in Toyota, Aichi), but I thought he should be with us in spirit at least!



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Big Monsters, Little Library


Hey, remember me? Been a while since I posted, what with school and all (I'm back at Wayne State getting an art history degree). I have been working on one art project in my meager spare time, though: decorating the Little Free Library that lives in front of the Hatch Art building in Hamtramck. The kaiju theme was inspired by Hatch's fire-breathing monster mascot. Here's a preview, before I return it to it's post on the front lawn.



UPDATE: Here it is in situ outside the Hatch gallery.



Saturday, February 13, 2016

You gotta have he(art)

A very smart person at the DIA decided to hand out foam cut-out hearts to visitors for the Valentine's Day weekend, with the idea that you could lay the heart in front of your most beloved artwork. Well, I'm too much in love with too many items in the DIA's collection to choose just one, so I snapped some semi-selfies of me giving my heart to just a few of my favorites.

"For me?"
(Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, "Evening By The Sea")

"What the Heckel I do if you won't be my Valentine?"
(self portrait woodcut by Erich Heckel)

"I've lost my head over you, Valentine!"
("Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes," by Artemisia Gentileschi)

No jokes - I'm pretty sure I've touched the little sculpture "Donkey" by Renee Sintenis 
every time I've visited the museum since I was in grade school. Love...

Heart Attack I
(Central American warrior figure [need to find the info on this guy...])

Heart Attack II
("Avenger" by Ernst Barlach)

Heart Attack III
("Judith" by Pollaiuolo)

"Good news - I love you!"
(Annunciation by Fra Angelico)

"The mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart."
—from Fritz Lang's Metropolis
("Terra Cotta Head" by Elizabeth Catlett)

"I can haz yr heart Valentine? Kthxbai!"
(Ancient Egyptian cat sculpture)

"Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost." —Pina Bausch
("The Wedding Dance" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder)


"Stop dragon my heart around, Valentine!"
(Ishtar Gate)

"Here's the skinny: I heart you, Valentine!"
(sculpture by Giacometti)

"I've grown accustomed to your face..."
(19th century French caricature busts)

A practical choice: Where better to keep your heart safe forever?
(Egyptian canopic jars)

"For me? II"
(sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz)

"I love you a Lot, Valentine!"
("Lot's Wife" by Kiki Smith)

"Amedeo, Amedeo / Gli Occhi tuoi / Mi anno fatto innamorare"
—Book of Love, Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)

"Dream a little dream of me..."
(Fuseli's "Nightmare")

"I'd like to be, under the sea..."
(marionettes from the puppet collection)

How would I manage without you, Valentine?
("One Minute Managers" by Haim Steinbach)

"I'm falling for you, Valentine!"
("Nocturne in Black and Gold — The Falling Rocket" by James McNeil Whistler)

Detroit Love
("Detroit Industry" by Diego Rivera)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Having Words


In October, I had a show at Cafe 1923 in Hamtramck of some work that's kind of out of my usual illustration-y wheelhouse. Over the 2014 holidays, I cranked out a bunch of the text-based panels, all done somewhat spontaneously, sloppy-punk-zine style, something I could work on while I watched movies on Netflix. The text comes from miscellaneous thoughts, comments, brainfarts, and disembodied punchlines I'd jotted down in my notebooks over the months. I had no idea at first whether they were "art" or anything I wanted to display, but the reception to them has been really great! Here are some samples from the exhibit, several of which now have new homes with a few of my fans. (Note: Each square in the tiles is 1"x1", to give you a sense of scale.)